Infant Abandonment

 

Policy:

 

  • The Daniel’s Law states that a “person who abandons a newborn (infant up to 60 days old) cannot be prosecuted for abandonment if he or she takes the unharmed baby to staff or an employee of a Safe Haven. A Safe Haven is defined as “a hospital or hospital outpatient facility, a law enforcement agency, a fire station, an emergency medical services station, or any staffed house of worship during hours when the facility is staffed.” Section 63-7- 40.

 

Purpose:

 

  • To provide protection to infants who are placed into the custody of EMS under this law and to the EMS systems and personnel when confronted with this issue.

 

Procedure:

 

  • Initiate other treatment protocols as appropriate.
  • Keep infant warm.
  • Transport infant to GHS pediatrics.
  • Document protocols, procedures, and agency notifications in the patient care report (PCR).
  • Attempt to obtain the following:
    • Medical information about the baby’s parents.
    • If possible, name of baby’s parents (the person leaving the child does not have to reveal his or her identity).
    • Information about the birth.